Bag is packed. Passport ready. Flight booked. One way ticket to…
Yes. I am going travelling again! Which means I am going to be blogging again. And there will also be lots of pictures too.
I am leaving on the 5th of June and my first destination is Ecuador.
For the first few weeks I will be exploring the Andean Highlands around Quito just before I fly off to the Galapagos Islands. After returning to the mainland I will begin my five weeks of volunteering at Merazonia, a lovely wildlife rehabilitation centre in the Amazon. (If you would like to see more about what they do, click on this link to watch a video!)
From there, I intend on heading south towards Peru. But I will be making plenty of stops along the way. Some of my intended destinations include:
El Cajas National Park
A four-day boat journey along the Marañón river, as I head deeper into the Amazon, towards Iquitos.
Of course, you can’t go to Peru without going to Cuzco, Machu Picchu, or seeing the ancient geoglyphs around Nazca, but I intend upon visiting some of the less-frequented places too, such as the Cordillera Blanca.
And I am also hoping to have time to explore some of the remote villages in the Colca Canyon area near Arequipa.
After Peru, I will likely head into Bolivia via Lake Titicaca. From that point I will be able to travel at a more relaxed pace and see where the wind takes me, as I will no longer need to book excursions in advance. But I do ultimately intend upon heading on down to Chile via the great Bolivian salt flats, Salar de Uyuni.
And then towards Patagonia.
I have also upgraded!
I am much more kitted out for this trip than any of my ones previously. I have invested in a tent, sleeping bag, camping stove, water filtration system, and a few other gadgets. In some ways it will be a burden, as I will be carrying a heavier load, but ultimately it will give me more independence, save me money, and open up more options. There is always a trusty hostel you can leave the majority of your gear while you venture off exploring with a lighter load and, during these times, I hope to go off-grid, wander, and show you paths less trodden.
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